Christina Quaile

Christina’s passion for working with people with disabilities began when her family fostered children and youth with special needs 24 years ago. Being a foster sister sparked her love for understanding various conditions, such as autism, developmental delays, and complex mental illness. Christina also has personal experiences with traumatic family hardships that furthers her drive for supporting children, youth, and families.

To pursue her interest, Christina studied Developmental Service at Algonquin College, and upon graduating immediately began her journey towards embracing positive behavior approaches with a strength-based lens to coach clients of all ages and their families. Over the years, she developed a particular interest for autism and completed further studies through the Geneva Centre for Autism and the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Christina has also furthered her understanding of the mental health and self-regulation difficulties driving behavioral challenges by obtaining additional certificates and training in self-regulation and mental health first aid. 

Alongside formal training, Christina has worked directly with autistic students and their educators and families at the Ottawa Carleton District School Board for over twenty years helping school teams to implement supports, problem-solve, and develop crisis management plans while also collaborating with families and community supports. Further, Christina has worked as a respite worker, a volunteer at the Son-Rise Program affiliated with the Autism Treatment Centre of America, and has coordinated social skill programs for children, youth and young adults. 

Through these personal and professional experiences and trainings, Christina has developed a unique approach that focuses on supporting clients in their home, collaborating on goals based on where clients are at, and using her wide range of experiences to help families understand and address the underlying causes of emotional and behavioral challenges. Christina strongly believes in creating a non-judgmental supportive space to help children, youth and their families find their potential, recognize their stressors and coping tools, and develop independent skills to reach their full potential. With her extensive experience in the community over the past twenty years, Christina is also excited to share her wealth of knowledge to help families navigate school and community supports.

-Autism certifications and Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) trained from Geneva Centre for Autism
-Autism Certificate from International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES)
-Mental Health and First Aid trained from Royal Ottawa Hospital
-Self-Reg with Dr. Stuart Shanker: Self-Reg Foundations Certificate from The Mehrit Centre
-Dr. Stanley Greenspan-DIR Floortime® from The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL)
-Non Violence Crisis Intervention trainer (NVCI) for the Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB)
-Behaviour Management Systems Trainer (BMS) for the Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB)

behavior & learning specialist